Examples of using intervals in guitar playing, part 1: thirds, sixths and tenths

Single line lead guitar playing is great. But when you have six strings and four fingers to hold them down, why limit your playing to one note at a time? Throughout the history of guitar, players have used two notes (or more) at once, resulting in something halfway between a single note line and aContinue reading “Examples of using intervals in guitar playing, part 1: thirds, sixths and tenths”

Great Guitarists #9: Grant Green

Welcome back to the Great Guitarists series. We’re continuing along a jazz theme for now, with a sometimes underrated master of understated single line guitar soloing… Grant Green Green was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1935, and died in 1979, aged just 43. In his all-too-short career, he played on hundreds of records, includingContinue reading “Great Guitarists #9: Grant Green”

Ten albums which helped shape me as a guitarist

I was recently tagged in a Facebook challenge by my friend David, in which you post 10 albums which have informed your early musical tastes. I find things like this almost impossible. It’s so personal, but based on hundreds of musical memories. How do you select just ten LPs from years of discovering & listeningContinue reading “Ten albums which helped shape me as a guitarist”

Great Guitarists #3: George Benson

Today’s player has a connection to my first featured player, Earl Klugh, and is another guitarist influenced by Wes Montgomery. Any guesses? Read on… George Benson Born in 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Benson started performing at the age if eight, and recorded his first single a year later, although it did not garner much successContinue reading “Great Guitarists #3: George Benson”